Demurrage invoice




Demurrage is the penalty for exceeding free time (usually 72 hours) allowed for taking delivery of a shipment from the shipping or transporting company's warehouse.

Penalty assessed against a consignorconsignee, or other such party responsible for delay in loading or unloading of a shipping vessel or for undue detention (usually over 48 hours) of the transportation equipment. Also called detention charge.

Tips on How to Avoid Demurrage Charges

·         Know in advance how many free days your freight forwarder has been granted.

·         Make sure to pre-clear your cargo as soon as possible. RDS can clear your cargo at the earliest possible time so long as all documents             are received in a timely manner.

·         If you have volume shipments, request extended free time from your freight forwarder and/or carrier. Volumes need to be close to a               1,000 containers/year to warrant extended free time.

·         Make sure your trucker can pick up the cargo within the allotted free time and that a trucker has been assigned to your shipment. Have           a backup or alternate trucker in case your initial trucker cannot pickup your cargo in time.

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